Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 12.30.10

Posted December 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ ‘Inside the Rep’ offers intimate look at 2011 season
Actor David Breitbarth said it best earlier this month, when he described the Asolo Repertory Theatre as “the actor’s Olympics.”

Breitbarth, along with a bevy of actors and directors whose work will appear on the Asolo Rep stage next year, spoke about the joy of performing in rotating rep at a press gathering Dec. 17, at the theater.

Breitbarth will appear in the Frank Galati-directed “Twelve Angry Men” Jan. 14 to March 26. (Fun fact about Breitbarth: He recently married fellow company actress Kate Hampton, whom he met in 2007 when the two starred in “Pride and Prejudice” at the theater.)

Also on the scene were actors Mercedes Herrero and Danny Scheie, cast mates in “La Bête,” which runs Jan. 7 to Feb. 20 — the first play of the 2011 season.

The New York City-based Herrero, who performed in the Asolo Rep’s “The Winter’s Tale” in 2009, shared her excitement about returning to the theater, which she describes as “like being on Broadway, but in better weather,” and revealed some trepidation about wearing her Brandin Barón- designed period dress.

“It gives you a lot of presence,” says Herrero of the heavy 17th-century gown. “I’m a little nervous about tripping over the front part, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. It’s gorgeous. It sort of makes you walk in these elegant circles. It’ll be my Scarlett O’Hara moment.”

Below: “La Bête’s” Mercedes Herrero and Danny Scheie


+ ‘Intersections’ installs final sculpture
The city of Sarasota’s public art contest is officially on!

“Bharata,” by Lake Worth artist Claudia Jane Klein, which went up Dec. 17, at Selby Five Points Park — is the 12th and final installment in the city-sponsored “Intersections” public-art competition.

Handpicked by the city’s Public Art Committee, contenders include Sarasota artists Robin Morgan, Dennis Kowal, Bruce White, James Evans and David Gonya and a few out-of-towners, such as Klein.

By now, you’ve probably got a good feel for the sculptures, and you’re about to get a whole lot more familiar with them.

The pieces will remain on display until November, at which point the City Commission (with input from the Public Art Committee) will choose one work to become a part of the city’s permanent art collection.

And, no, “Unconditional Surrender” is not in the running.

Below: “Bharata” by Claudia Jane Klein

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